Living & Working in France

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Whether you are going to France for work, study or pleasure, this book is definitely for you. Informal and original, it welcomes you like a friend. Living & Working in France shines a practical, political and cultural spotlight on French values and customs. Genevieve Brame gives you the keys to unlock the mysteries of the country she knows best - her own. She introduces you to your new surroundings and helps you find your way through the labyrinth of administrative and immigration procedures. Sections on the socio-economic environment, the European Union, language, travel, health, home, education and the French lifestyle will provide answers to all your questions. Since 1999, Living and Working in France has made many friends around the world. Their advice about France and the French will interest you, as will the opinions of private and public companies.

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"A fascinating book...packed with up to date information, all of it arranged in easy to digest, entertainingly written, chunks." -"Holiday Villas" magazine (UK)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749442545
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: HIS013000
  • Edition description: 3rd ed.
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Genevieve Brame was born in Normandy, and has degrees in Humanities and International Human Resources Management. Since 1996, she has worked asa consultant in the International Mobility Department of Ernst and Young Societe d' Advotats in Paris. Inspired by her intercultural communications work with multinational companies, business schools, and universitities, she has written a number of successful publications for French and foreign expatriates, both adults and children.  

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Table of Contents

About the author ix
Foreword x
Preface xi
Acknowledgements xv
Introduction 1
1. The French way--les Francais: les usages et les humeurs 3
Who are the French? 4
Social contacts and relationships 5
Courtesy and conformity 7
The art of living... and living well--art de vivre... et bon vivant 13
Mode et couture 23
What gift from France? 26
2. France 29
Overview 30
French institutions 31
Diplomatic relations 39
France's population in numbers 40
French but also European 44
An economic point of view 52
22 metropolitan regions 55
100 departments: 96 in the Hexagon 58
City folk and country folk 64
A detour in the Ile-de-France 67
3. Living and working in France--resider et travailler en France 75
Changing places: an old story 76
French law 76
International organizations in France 95
The legal structure of French companies 95
Organization and hierarchy 97
Employee representation 100
Company representation 103
Foreign representatives 104
An outline of social legislation 104
Social security 107
Taxation--fiscalite 113
The rhythm of life 115
Professional ways and customs--us et coutumes professionnels 119
4. A few words about the French language 131
A French conversation 132
The French language 132
The keys to communication 140
Learning French 143
Deciphering codes 146
The French media 150
5. Home comforts--accueil tout confort 161
Where? 162
Searching for a home 163
Rental/lease contract--contrat de location/bail 167
House and personal insurance--assurances du logement et des personnes 168
Moving in and moving out--demenager et emmenager 170
DIY 173
Communications 174
Dogs and cats 181
French weather 184
6. Buyer beware!--consommateur averti! 189
Money and currency 190
Shopping 198
Useful hints 203
Legal advice--conseils juridiques 206
Cars and traffic 208
Security and the police 219
Travelling 220
7. For the young--enfants et juniors 235
The French family 236
ABC for the little ones 238
French school 241
Nursery school--l'ecole maternelle 247
Primary school: from maternelle to the ecole elementaire 248
Secondary school: from 6th to terminale 251
College and lycee 252
International studies 253
Studying in France 255
Higher education 256
Private schools 257
European programmes 257
Things to know 259
8. Let's talk about health 263
The French and their health 264
Choosing a doctor 265
Hospital or clinic--public or private? 268
Some medical and paramedical specialities 270
Nursing care 273
The chemist's shop--pharmacie 273
Emergency--24 hours a day 275
Healthy children 277
'Prevention is better than cure' 281
Mineral water: do the French put water in their wine? 283
9. What to do when you are not working--loisirs et temps libre 285
Free time 286
Throughout the year 286
Pastimes and passions 291
Entertainment 293
Weekends 300
Holiday time 304
Once a year 309
Bistros and cafe terraces 316
10. Comme chez vous... en France 323
At home... in France 324
An enriching experience? 324
Four phases of adaptation 326
The spontaneity of children 329
Homesickness and nostalgia 331
Friendly places 332
Useful information 335
Key dates in the history of France 335
Political and economic organizations 340
The metric system 341
Forming a company in France 343
Social security provision 344
Index 345
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